Sound Check
  • A new rap video from Quebec-based artist Alexandros Zapata landed online earlier this week, and it quickly went viral, scoring thousands of hits on YouTube. But the French-Canadian rapper's newfound fame isn’t on account of his undiscovered talent, but because of the sheer absurdity of his video for his new single, “No Money No Candy.”

    To be honest, we’re not too sure what to make of it. The finished product is one of the most bizarre music videos you’re likely to see this or any other month. In fact it’s so inexplicably awful we suspect it may just turn out to be a parody.

    So what can you expect when you click play?

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  • Watch: Overwhelming Beyoncé Encounter Causes Fan to Faint

    Photo: Larry BusaccaIt's hard to deny that meeting your idol up close and personal is a thrilling experience, but one enthusiastic Beyoncé fan got so excited when she hugged him that he actually fainted on the spot.

    During a recent show in Nashville on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the "Single Ladies" singer made a fan's day when she grabbed his hand while singing "Irreplaceable." The man was so excited that he gyrated wildly, making it look as if the pop star — dressed in a sparkly electric blue jumpsuit — had sent an electrical jolt through his body. The young man held onto her hand while jumping up and down, and Beyoncé went a step further and knelt down to give him a hug.

    The man became visibly overwhelmed, said something to Beyoncé and put his hand to his head before falling to the floor. We're sure he must have had some "Sweet Dreams!"

    Another member of the BeyHive captured the moment on video for all the world to see.

    Beyoncé is set to perform at Bell Centre in Montreal Monday night before

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    Global superstar Selena Gomez will release her debut solo album “Stars Dance” on July 23. It's an album that might be a little more personal than the music she’s released in the past.

    “My process for this record was I would call the writers myself and talk to them individually and explain to them about where I was in my life and what I wanted to perform and what I wanted to sing,” Gomez revealed to Yahoo! Canada Music. “I wrote all of the bonus tracks [that appear] on some of the records.”

    Of course, there's always the difficulty of deciding how personal to get on the album, and choosing which parts of her life to keep private -- especially considering how much of the singer's life is played out in the press. But it sounds like Gomez is getting better at finding the line between the two.

    “It’s hard, obviously, it’s tricky,” she said. “I love everything that I go through, even the bad. It’s experience [and] it makes me grow up. It makes me who I am. I try to [put] all of the attention on the good things, that’s just what I try to do best. Even with the ballad, it’s still beautiful, it’s still well said and it’s not really too much in detail. It’s just a nice way of being able to say, ‘This is where I am, let’s just have fun and enjoy it.’”

    Before premiering the album, Gomez went to her famous musical friends Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato for their expert advice.

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  • Singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw is back in action with one of the most up-tempo tunes of his music career, “Best I Ever Had.” Check out the musician performing the new song during his recent visit to New York radio station 95.5 WPLJ:

    Shortly after the track’s debut in June, fans began commenting on the 36-year-old artist’s YouTube channel that it sounded a lot like Train’s 2012 single “Drive By.”

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    This year has been a great one for Canadian pop/rock band Marianas Trench.

    So far, the Vancouver quartet has taken home the Juno Award for Group of the Year, received the most nominations at the MuchMusic Video Awards for the second year in a row, signed a deal with Cherrytree Records/Interscope Records, and met Sting.

    However, along with their popularity surge comes an increase in the circulation of false stories, and Marianas Trench’s drummer Ian Casselman decided clear up a few misconceptions about the band while talking to Yahoo! Canada Music.

    “I’ve heard [rumours] that we’re doing hard drugs, or something like that, and I’m like, ‘If anybody in this band were doing hard drugs you would get kicked out immediately,’” the musician said.

    He went on: “Josh has a history with drugs and he can’t be around

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    Aaaaaaagggggghhhhhhhhh One Direction! Aaaaaaaaaggggggghhhhhhh!

    ...Sorry about that. But like the army full of Directioners who worked themselves into a frenzy on Twitter earlier on Thursday, we just can’t keep our excitement to ourselves.

    Of course, One Direction fans typically don’t need an invitation to get hysterical. But this time around, at least, they had something of an excuse: the first full version of the Brit boy band’s upcoming single was leaked online. Most of it has been scrubbed from the Internet (for now), but clearly not quickly enough.

    The knowingly titled “Best Song Ever” isn’t officially released until Monday when the boys will debut the song alongside its hilarious looking video on their YouTube page, but some cheeky rascal managed to get a hold

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    A chorus of boos has sprung up in Halifax, where plans to have Chris Brown headline an upcoming concert have courted controversy.

    On Friday it was announced that the volatile R&B star is set to perform on Aug. 31 at the Energy Rush event in Alderney Landing. Not surprisingly, the plans have created a backlash from the public over the singer’s past incidents.

    Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 and despite making a return to the charts (and even winning a Grammy in 2012), has regularly courted controversy ever since.

    “It makes me kind of sick, to be honest with you, that someone like this will be performing in Halifax,” said Mayor Mike Savage in response to the news. “Those of us who are in public life – I’m in public life, he’s in public life – you have to be responsible for your past actions, and I think it sends a very, very wrong message to everybody.”

    Nova Scotians took to social media sites to share in their Mayor’s outrage at the announcement, even setting up an online petition against Brown's performance.

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    This year marks Hanson's 21st anniversary as a band, and to celebrate their milestone, brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac have created their own beer called Mmmhops, planned a world tour, and released their new album “Anthem.”

    We all know Hanson because of such ubiquitous tunes like 1997's “MMMBop” and “I Will Come To You,” along with 2000’s “This Time Around.” But as the Hanson brothers have gotten older, their music has also matured over the last decade and a half.

    So, would the Hanson of today listen to the Hanson of the late 1990s?

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    We’ve seen celebrity collectables like Madonna’s cone bra, costumes worn by the Spice Girls, and John Lennon’s tooth all take their turn on the auction block.

    On July 3, a guitar once owned and played by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page went up for sale during an entertainment memorabilia auction at Bonhams in London. The instrument fetched a whopping £26,250, which works out to around $41,300 in Canadian dollars.

    The instrument is a Martin D-28 Marquis 'Birthday Special 2007' acoustic guitar and, as NME reports, Page donated the item to be sold on behalf of his charity Action for Brazil’s Children Trust.

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    Brampton, Ont.’s Ebony Oshunrinde is in the spotlight after earning a producing credit on Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta... Holy Grail.” Now, it seems like the music world has opened their eyes (and ears) to the talents of WondaGurl after hearing the song, "Crown."

    “A lot more people want to work with me now,” Oshunrinde told the Toronto Star. “It’s pretty cool … It’s a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it … Anybody can be successful. It doesn’t matter where you’re from.”

    The 16-year-old artist created the stage name WondaGurl as a take off from Canadian producer Boi-1da's moniker (pronounced “Boy Wonder”), whom she met while competing at Battle of The Beat Makers.

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